a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

The Summerhouse

Lyrics & Music: Neil Hannon

Published by: Damaged Pop Music / BMG Music Publishing Ltd.

Originally interpreted by: The Divine Comedy

Covered by: Pablo Jubany / Franie Walker / Bastien Lucas


To see the lyrics, click on the name of the version you are interested in (on the left).




This song was played in '94. Then we don't know of any gigs until '01. It was played during the late Regeneration and Absent Friends promos.

It's a very beautiful naïve and melancholy love song, even though it's slightly of a cliché. It's the kind of childhood memory everyone wants to have.

Within Promenade, it gives another dimension to the love story narrated. We learn that the two characters already knew each other when they were kids. The summerhouse could be the "house where they first met" in 'Ten Seconds To Midnight'.

The song was written when Neil was still in Fivemiletown, near Enniskillen. He was driving, somewhere in the Fermanagh countryside, when he started humming a tune. After a while, he had to stop to write it down. He wrote most of the song by the road, and the started again.